Breaking Night

by

Liz Murray

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Perry Weiner Character Analysis

An English teacher and the head of the Humanities Preparatory Academy in New York, Perry Weiner is a dedicated educator who believes that all students, without exception, can benefit from a good education in literature, art, and history. During Liz’s time at the Humanities Preparatory Academy, Weiner is an important influence in her life. His unique combination of rigor, humor, and gentle encouragement motivate Liz to work harder and, eventually, win acceptance to Harvard University.

Perry Weiner Quotes in Breaking Night

The Breaking Night quotes below are all either spoken by Perry Weiner or refer to Perry Weiner. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Hachette Books edition of Breaking Night published in 2011.
Chapter 10 Quotes

For Perry, Prep was a labor of love; he was dedicated to seeing his second- chance students win. His belief was that if the mainstream school system had failed, then it would require something different for these students to succeed. Prep would be that difference. In this way, the students were not looked at as dysfunctional; the system was dysfunctional. The concept of "failure" incorporated within the system's very design was not in any stage of the planning of Humanities Prep. By design, Prep was made to facilitate for its students what was possible.

Related Characters: Elizabeth “Liz” Murray (speaker), Perry Weiner
Page Number: 254
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Perry Weiner Character Timeline in Breaking Night

The timeline below shows where the character Perry Weiner appears in Breaking Night. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10: The Wall
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...Humanities is overcrowded, and the teachers have extremely low morale. However, an English teacher named Perry Weiner is working with other teachers and union organizers to build a smaller school within the... (full context)
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After completing her essay, Liz notices a jovial middle-aged man, who turns out to be Perry Weiner himself. Liz explains to Weiner that she was late to her interview, and apologizes. At... (full context)
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In Liz’s “interview” with Perry Weiner , Weiner barely speaks. For one of the few times in her life, Liz gets... (full context)
Chapter 12: Possibility
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...to shoplift some groceries. However, as she’s about to leave the store, she remembers something Perry Weiner said. After a student’s wallet was stolen, Perry told the student body, “It’s a hurt... (full context)
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...visit Boston College and enjoy the beauty of the town. On the trip, Liz peppers Perry Weiner with questions about what college is like. Perry takes the students to Harvard Yard for... (full context)
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...seeing her name and picture in one of the most famous newspapers in the world. Perry Weiner and the other teachers are overjoyed. But Perry is also very concerned about how Liz... (full context)
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...calls the admissions office and learns that Harvard has mailed her decision letter. She tells Perry Weiner that, in no more than a couple days, she’s going to find out if she’s... (full context)
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On the train ride home, Liz thinks carefully about Perry Weiner ’s words, and realizes that Perry is right. That night, as she falls asleep, she... (full context)